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Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Regrettably, at present time, we are unable to hold the Summer REU program.  Please check back however, as we hope to reinstate the program in future years. For the present, undergraduates interested in research experiences are encouraged to contact faculty members directly; links to faculty pages can be found on the page for each MRSEC Research Group.

With the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program the MRSEC on Polymers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers, to qualifying undergraduates interested in obtaining research experience in polymer science and engineering, the opportunity to join a faculty-supervised research laboratory in the UMass MRSEC for a ten-week period during the summer. The stipend for this program is $4,000 inclusive. On campus housing is provided. In addition to their research responsibilities, REU participants will attend regular weekly meetings and special seminars throughout the summer.

Students on the quarter system are encouraged to apply. If accepted, dates will be modified to accomodate their academic schedule.


Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

A complete application consists of:

  • Application form
  • Cover letter briefly describing what your future goals are and how an REU fellowship will help you attain them
  • A one-page resume which includes personal information, a history of your work and laboratory experience and your areas of research interest
  • A hard (nonelectronic) copy of your official transcript from your undergraduate institution
  • One (or more) letter(s) of recommendation from faculty members acquainted with your research or academic performance.

Complete applications must be received by MARCH 1. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.

Submit complete hard copy applications for consideration to:

Jennifer Green, MRSEC Educational Outreach Manager
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Polymer Science and Engineering Department
University of Massachusetts
120 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003

Or electronically as pdf files to jgreen@mail.pse.umass.edu

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